Blackrock Boys

From the ages of 12 to 17, two brothers, Mark and David Ryan, were both repeatedly sexually abused in Blackrock College in South County Dublin. Their abusers were from the Spiritan community at the school. Several court cases ensued as David and Mark fought for justice. Now grown men, David and Mark are ready to publicly tell their story for the first time. (2022) If you’ve been affected by any of the issues raised in this podcast, please visit for helpline contact details. The Spiritans have asked that, should you wish to raise a concern to contact head of their Safeguarding Office. Credits: Narrated and produced by Liam O’Brien. Executive producers were Seán Mac Giolla Phádraig and David Nally. Legal advice from Deirdre Ann Kelly and Eleanor Bleahene with further production assistance from the wider RTÉ Documentary On One team.

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